How to file a DBA in Texas
Filing a Texas DBA ('doing business as'), also known as an 'assumed name', is a simple process. You will file the DBA at the county or state level, depending on the type of legal business structure you created for your business.
Read below for answers to your questions about DBAs, plus important details and links, why you might consider filing an assumed name (DBA), and how a DBA can help or hurt you. If you need to research how to file a DBA in another U.S. state or territory, select it below.
Do I need a DBA in Texas?
Texas requires that all corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), or out-of-state companies that regularly transact business in Texas under a name different from their legal name, must file a DBA with the Texas Secretary of State. Additionally, the trade name must be filed with the county clerk's office in the county where the company operates.
If you operate your business as a sole proprietorship or general partnership, you do not need to file a DBA with the Texas Secretary of State. However, if you operate a sole proprietorship or partnership under a different name than the legal name of the owners, you will need to file for a DBA in the county clerk office where your business is operating.